19th Annual

Hamptons International Film Festival - Screenwriters Lab

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Screenwriters Lab: Screenplay Submissions
We welcome feature length scripts of all types and about all subject matter. Treatments, outlines, and pilots will not be considered.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The Hamptons International Film Festival Screenwriters Lab, going into its 19th year, is an intimate gathering that takes place each Spring in East Hampton, New York (April 5-7, 2019). The Lab develops emerging screenwriting talent by pairing established writers and creative producers with up-and-coming screenwriters (chosen by HIFF in collaboration with key industry contacts). The mentors advise in a one-on-one creative setting while additional events bring the participants together with board members, the local artistic community, and other friends of the festival. Additional events throughout the weekend include a networking cocktail reception with other artists and writers, as well as a Master Class given by a celebrated screenwriter. With scripts from accepted writers produced year after year, the Lab continues to be an inspiring and safe place for artists to find and hone their creative vision.

A number of recent projects in the Lab have gone on to be produced and distributed and to screen at festivals around the world such as Sundance, South by Southwest, Karlovy Vary, AFI Fest, Locarno and the BFI London Film Festival. Three alumni projects—Nancy by Christina Choe, And Breathe Normally by Ísold Uggadóttir, and Dead Pigs by Cathy Yan—won awards for their world premieres at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. And Breathe Normally and Dead Pigs screened at HIFF 2018, and And Breathe Normally won the 2018 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for Films of Conflict & Resolution.

Other selected highlights include Short Term 12 with Brie Larson, Lakeith Stanfield, and Rami Malek which won the Grand Jury and Audience Award at SXSW, The Discoverers starring Griffin Dunne and Anne Dowd, Little Accidents featuring Elizabeth Banks and Chloe Sevigny, Fort Bliss starring Michelle Monaghan and Ron Livingston, and 2010 Sundance Film Festival Closing Night film Twelve starring Ellen Barkin and Emma Roberts.

Recent mentors at the lab include Alex Dinelaris (Birdman); Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy); Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone, Leave No Trace); Oren Moverman (The Messenger, Love and Mercy); Michael Cunningham (The Hours, Evening); James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, Truth); Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button); Mark Heyman (Black Swan, The Skeleton Twins); James V. Hart (Contact, Hook); Rob Siegel (The Wrestler, The Founder); Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson, Mississippi Grind); Sabrina Dhawan (Monsoon Wedding, Cosmopolitan); David Siegel (What Maisie Knew); Alec Sokolow (Toy Story); Hawk Ostby (Children of Men, Iron Man); Billy Frolick (Madagascar); J.D. Zeik (Ronin); J. Robin Baitz (People I Know, The Substance of Fire); Ted Griffin (Ocean’s Eleven); Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Love and Friendship); Ira Sachs (Little Men, Love is Strange); Andy Bienen (Boys Don't Cry); Jeff Sharp (Producer, The Yellow Birds, Evening); Lawrence Konner (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire); Maria Maggenti (The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love); Gregory Widen (Highlander, Backdraft); Mark Christopher (54); Maggie Greenwald (Songcatcher, Ballad of Little Jo); Laurie Collyer (Sherrybaby); Lawrence Lasker (Sneakers, War Games); Chap Taylor (Changing Lanes, National Treasure); and Dylan Kidd (Roger Dodger, P.S.).

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Hamptons International Film Festival takes place annually in October, with a number of additional events held year round in New York City and the Hamptons. Named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World as well as one of 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, HIFF is the premier film event on New York State's east end, and an intimate showcase of some of the year's best offerings in contemporary cinema. Recently referred to as "Telluride East" by Variety, the publication cited HIFF as "one of America's most glamorous displays of the best in cutting-edge cinema." Festival selections continue to play an important role during awards season, with a significant number of titles highlighted every year at the Academy Awards. Films in the 2017 festival received a record 47 Academy Award nominations, including 5 of the 9 Best Picture nominations. The Festival has also screened the eventual Best Picture Academy Award winner 8 years in a row, while no other Festival on the East Coast has done so more than 4 times in that time period. In 2017, films that screened at the Festival won in all major categories at the Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Adapted & Original Screenplays, Foreign Language and Documentary Film. In a recent article about HIFF, Variety noted "The Festival has grown a reputation for being able to read the Academy voting tea leaves and routinely promotes Oscar race front-runners, but has also become the place to see emerging talent before they become marquee names." Overall, films in our last 11 editions have received 369 total Oscar nominations.

The festival draws national film industry attendees, including representatives from a wide array of film and media companies, a range of journalists including the film trades, Oscar Bloggers, local publications as well as national journalists & New York based press. The Festival hosts multiple competitions focused specifically on early-career filmmakers, in the hopes of bolstering their work at an important juncture and helping develop a discussion around their films, both within the film community and beyond. With prizes of cash & in kind goods and services valued at more than $180,000, HIFF continues to support the artists that create some of the best films each year. The festival also features three signature programs: Conflict & Resolution; Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights; and Views From Long Island.

Many films over the years have made their world premieres at HIFF and been picked up for distribution shortly after their screenings. The best known of these is OPEN WATER which was bought by Lionsgate and went on to gross $40 million worldwide. Other recent highlights of films picked up for distribution following their world premieres at HIFF include ITZHAK (Greenwich Entertainment); KILLER BEES (Gravitas Ventures); SUPERGIRL (FilmRise); SCORE (Gravitas Ventures); HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST (Magnolia Pictures); THE CHAMPIONS (FilmRise); THE C WORD (Abramorama); THE PREPPIE CONNECTION (IFC); THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR: SATAN CAME TO EDEN (Zeitgeist Films); REFUGE (Strand Releasing); STEVIE NICKS: IN YOUR DREAMS (Abramorama).

Guests & attendees of the last few Festivals included Meryl Streep, Jessica Chastain, Joel & Ethan Coen, Edward Norton, Laura Dern, Julie Andrews, Brie Larson, Jordan Peele, Frances McDormand, Richard Gere, Timothee Chalamet, Mike Nichols, Annette Bening, Margot Robbie, Charlie Kaufman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Todd Haynes, Holly Hunter, Damien Chazelle, Aaron Eckhart, Olivia Wilde, Sir Ben Kingsley, Adam Driver, Mahershala Ali, Alan Alda, Sam Rockwell, Tom McCarthy, Madonna, Amandla Stenberg, Julianne Moore, Sir Patrick Stewart, Riz Ahmed, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Daveed Diggs, Bill Murray, Kumail Nanjiani, Melissa Leo, Mark Ruffalo, Rosamund Pike, Rob Reiner, Sienna Miller, Domhnall Gleeson, Dan Rather, Michael Moore, Jamie Bell, Bruce Dern, Amy Ryan, Darren Aronofsky, Nadine Labaki, Alec Baldwin, Andy Serkis, Susan Sarandon, Spike Jonze, Emilio Estevez, Matthew Broderick, Joe Wright, Tye Sheridan, Calvin Klein, Lakeith Stanfield, Jennifer Garner, Renee Zellweger, Peter Sarsgaard, Anthony Bourdain, Rupert Everett, Daniel Kaluuya, Ralph Lauren, Hilary Swank, Jason Blum, Paul Giamatti, Richard Jenkins, Paul Dano, Dakota Fanning, Diane Kruger, Alan Cumming, Peter Hedges, Mariska Hargitay, Alex Gibney, Sally Hawkins, Michael Barker, Hong Chau, George Tillman Jr.,Hope Davis, Helena Bonham Carter, Freida Pinto, Jamie Dornan, James Schamus, Sting, Tom Hooper, Elle Fanning, Matthew Heineman, Eamonn Bowles, James Lipton, Alexander Skarsgard, Patricia Clarkson, Howard Stern, Isabella Rossellini, Julian Schnabel, Stanley Tucci, David Duchovny, Geralyn Dreyfuss, Alessandro Nivola, Malin Akerman, Chevy Chase, Alex Winter, Neil Labute, Edie Falco, Shailene Woodley, Jane Goodall, Gabriela Rodriguez, Davis Guggenheim, Don Lemon, Bennett Miller, Candice Bergen, Steve Buscemi, Marcia Gay Harden, Rufus Wainwright, Sandy Powell, Harry Belafonte, Wim Wenders, Bill Camp, Doug Liman, Matthew Modine, Cory Michael Smith, Mark & Jay Duplass, Ezra Miller, Dick Cavett, Penelope Ann Miller, James Cromwell, Bill Pullman, Costa-Gavras, Ross Kauffman, Christie Brinkley, Christine Vachon, Ebon Moss Bachrach, Dane DeHaan, Timothy Hutton, Billy Joel, Emma Roberts, Kayli Carter, Teddy Schwarzman, Joel Schumacher, Jeff Zucker, Al Maysles, Brian Selznick, Richard LaGravenese, Emily Browning, Oren Moverman, Josh Singer, Lola Kirke, David Bailey, Lucy Walker, and Amagansett resident Carter Burwell.

Selected recent film highlights include:
*THE FAVOURITE (Grand Jury Prize, Venice Film Festival)
*FIRST MAN (EAST COAST PREMIERE)
*CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME (EAST COAST PREMIERE)
*BOY ERASED (EAST COAST PREMIERE)
*GREEN BOOK (EAST COAST PREMIERE, People’s Choice Award, Toronto International Film Festival)
*THE HATE U GIVE (Audience Award, HIFF 2018)
*ROMA (Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival)
*WIDOWS
*CAPERNAUM (US PREMIERE, Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival)
*EVERYBODY KNOWS (EAST COAST PREMIERE)
*BURNING (FIPRESCI Prize, Cannes Film Festival)
*WILDLIFE
*COLD WAR (Best Director, Cannes Film Festival)
*SHOPLIFTERS (Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival)
*THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM (EAST COAST PREMIERE)
*1985 (NEW YORK PREMIERE)
*BORDER (Un Certain Regard Winner, Cannes Film Festival)
*THE SHAPE OF WATER (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Production Design, Best Original Score; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Costume Design)
*THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (US PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score)
*DARKEST HOUR (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Actor, Best Makeup and Hair; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design)
*CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Adapted Screenplay; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Original Song)
*GET OUT (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Original Screenplay; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor)
*I, TONYA (US PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Supporting Actress; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Actress, Best Film Editing)
*A FANTASTIC WOMAN (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Foreign Language Film)
*ICARUS (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Documentary)
*THE FLORIDA PROJECT (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Supporting Actor)
*LOVELESS (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Foreign Language Film)
*THE SQUARE (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Foreign Language Film)
*STRONG ISLAND (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Documentary)
*IN THE FADE (US PREMIERE; GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER - Best Foreign Language Film)
*HUMAN FLOW (EAST COAST PREMIERE)
*LA LA LAND (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Director, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Original Music Score, Best Original Song; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Costume Design)
*MOONLIGHT (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Music Score, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing)
*MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Original Screenplay; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress)
*LOVING (US PREMIERE, ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Actress)
*20TH CENTURY (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Original Screenplay)
*LION (US PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Music Score, Best Cinematography)
*THE HANDMAIDEN (EAST COAST PREMIERE; GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE - Best Foreign Film)
*THE SALESMAN (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Foreign Film)
*I, DANIEL BLAKE
*PATERSON
*TONI ERDMANN (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Foreign Film)
*THE RED TURTLE (US PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Animated Film)
*DONALD CRIED
*FIRE AT SEA (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Documentary)
*I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Documentary)
*THE WHITE HELMETS (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Documentary Short)
*JOE’S VIOLIN (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Documentary Short)
*ROOM (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD & GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER - Best Actress, ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay)
*SPOTLIGHT (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Editing)
*BROOKLYN (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay)
*BRIDGE OF SPIES (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Supporting Actor; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture, Best Original Score, Best Production Design)
*CAROL (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Adapted Screenplay)
*YOUTH (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Original Song; GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE - Best Supporting Actress)
*SON OF SAUL - (ACADEMY AWARD & GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER - Best Foreign Language Film)
*EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT - (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Foreign Language Film)
*ANOMALISA (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Animated Feature; GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE - Best Animated Feature)
*THE LOOK OF SILENCE (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Documentary Feature)
*45 YEARS (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Actress)
*BIRDMAN (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography)
*WHIPLASH (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing, Best Sound Mixing; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture)
*THE IMITATION GAME (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Adapted Screenplay; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Production Design)
*STILL ALICE (US PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Actress; GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER - Best Actress)
*MR. TURNER (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score)
*WILD (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress)
*VIRUNGA - (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Documentary)
*FORCE MAJEURE (GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE - Best Foreign Language Film)
*NIGHTCRAWLER (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Original Screenplay; GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE - Best Actor)
*TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Actress)
*GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM (EAST COAST PREMIERE)
*THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY (EAST COAST PREMIERE)
*12 YEARS A SLAVE (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER – Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay; GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER – Best Picture, Drama)
*HER (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE – Best Picture, Best Screenplay)
*NEBRASKA (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE – Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay)
*PHILOMENA (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE – Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Score)
*THE SQUARE (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE – Best Documentary)
*AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE – Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress)
*20 FEET FROM STARDOM (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER – Best Documentary)
*BLUE RUIN (EAST COAST PREMIERE)
*THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE – Best Foreign Language Film)
*BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (PALME D’OR WINNER)
*AMOUR (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Foreign Film)
*SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Actress)
*ARGO (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Picture; GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER - Best Picture, Best Director;)
*A ROYAL AFFAIR (US PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Foreign Film)
*WAR WITCH (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Foreign Film)
*KON TIKI (US PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Foreign Film)
*THE SESSIONS (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Supporting Actress)
*UNDEFEATED (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Documentary)
*TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM (US PREMIERE: ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Documentary Short)
*THE CURSE (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Live Action Short)
*BULLHEAD (EAST COAST PREMIERE: ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Foreign Film)
*THE ARTIST (GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD WINNER - Best Picture, Comedy)
*THE DESCENDANTS (GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD WINNER - Best Picture, Drama)
*MY WEEK WITH MARILYN (GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD WINNER - Best Actress)
*PINA: 3D
*PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Documentary)
*THE KING'S SPEECH (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay; GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER - Best Actor; INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD WINNER)
*BLACK SWAN (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD & INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD MULTI CATEGORY WINNER)
*BLUE VALENTINE (EAST COAST PREMIERE)
*127 HOURS (EAST COAST PREMIERE; INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD WINNER - Best Actor)
*THE SHORE (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Live Action Short)
*UP IN THE AIR (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE MULTI CATEGORY)
*TINY FURNITURE (INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD WINNER - Best First Screenplay)
*THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (N. AMERICAN PREMIERE)
*THE YOUNG VICTORIA (US PREMIERE)
*SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD & GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER - Best Picture)
*THE WRESTLER (INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD WINNER - BEST PICTURE)
*SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK (US PREMIERE)
*THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
*SIX SHOOTER (US PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Short Film)
*NOWHERE IN AFRICA (US PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Foreign Film)
*THE FOUNTAIN (US PREMIERE)
*OPEN WATER (WORLD PREMIERE)

ORGANIZERS

David Nugent (Artistic Director ); David Nugent (Artistic Director); David Nugent (Artistic Director); David Nugent (Artistic Director)

GENERAL RULES

Submission Process:
The following materials are required for your application:

1) A feature-length screenplay. Treatments, outlines, and pilots will not be considered.
2) The non-refundable application fee. While electronic payments through Withoutabox is preferred, if you prefer to pay by check, please make them payable to the Hamptons International Film Festival.

You are strongly encouraged to include a cover letter with a brief synopsis (one or two sentences describing the plot of the screenplay).

We also strongly advise that you submit a brief writer CV or bio focusing on other screenplays you have written and whether they have been or will be produced, or about any films that you have worked on. While such experience is not required to be considered for our Lab, we do value knowing about your background.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Agreement
1. I am authorized to submit this screenplay to the festival.
2. All information provided on application form is true, to the best of my knowledge.
3. If the screenplay is selected for the Festival's Screenwriters Lab, I give permission for The Hamptons to use the work for promotional purposes in all media and on The Hamptons website.
4. This agreement constitutes approval that The Hamptons may present my screenplay at the 2019 Hamptons International Screenwriters' Lab.